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Long before “extreme sports” became a slogan used to sell teenagers everything from soda to telephone service, skateboarding was, in fact, an extreme sport: It was full of speed and danger, and was outlawed in many cities by authority figures who hated it. Naturally, skateboarders chose to listen to the most aggressive, most anti-authoritarian styles of music available: punk and metal. After a while, skate punks formed their own bands and started combining the speed and shortness of punk songs with the heavy and guitar-solo-filled sound of metal to produce their very own subgenre. When the members of D.R.I. released their third album in 1987, they called it Crossover. By that time, the crossover could also be seen at shows, which had started to draw punk and metal fans alike. Tonight the skate-punk vets play with Sworn Enemy, Catastrophic, Diecast, and Hatred at 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. $17. (703) 569-5940. (Jacob Long)